Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DIY Foodie Gifts: Peppermint Vodka

This just might be one of my favorites!  There are a few variations such as *a stronger liquor or *adding coloringWe make something called a Peppermint Patty.  It's like a White Russian with peppermint liquor (I'll share the recipe soon).


Peppermint Vodka
source
from Delightfully Tacky 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
OR 2 teaspoons peppermint extract (For stronger mint taste, add 3/4 teaspoon of peppermint oil or 3 teaspoons of peppermint extract)
3 cups Vodka
4-6 drops red or green food coloring (optional)
A sterile 1 quart container for the vodka to sit in while it infuses.


Directions:
First make your sugar syrup by combining water and sugar in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, cook until the sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear, about 5 min. Let the sugar syrup cool completely. 

Next, in a sterile quart jar with tight fitting lid, pour the vodka, sugar syrup, and peppermint oil or extract and stir well. 

Store in a cool, dark place, allowing it to steep for 2 weeks. Turn the jar upside down every 2-3 days to mix, or remove lid and stir.
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My homemade Vanilla Extract is changing color fast!  Here's a pic at about 6 days.  

I'm really excited to give it a taste in another 5 weeks!

11 comments:

  1. that sounds great. Perfect in coffee or desserts!

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  2. Hello from Favorite Things Thursdays. Sounds good. We enjoy trying fun recipes like this during the holidays.

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  3. oh my gosh, are you serious-- THAT sounds amazing. !!

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  4. I did something similar last year but just dropped a bunch of candy canes in the vodka and it turned out really well! :)

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  5. OK. This is a treasure mine. I had no idea making vanilla extract was that easy. Much faster and easier than my husband's beer making process. :o)

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  6. oh YUM! This recipe could be very dangerous in our house! Thanks for stopping by the blog hop! xx

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  7. Sounds great, I have some friends that would LOVE that!
    Thanks for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh yum! Stopping over from the Scrumptious Sunday party! Pinning this one for future reference. ;)

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  9. Wow, that sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it!

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  10. This is SUCH a good idea! I would never, ever think to flavor my own liquors! That is a really clever and innovative idea. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday last week :)

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  11. Sounds perfectly festive! Featuring you from Scrumptious Sunday #41! http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.ca/2012/12/scrumptious-sunday-40-and-41-features.html

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